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Obituaries: Design pioneer William Moggridge dies at 69

This information is based on an obituary that appeared in the New York Times.

William Moggridge, a longtime resident of Woodside and the co-founder of the Palo Alto-based product design company IDEO died Saturday, Sept. 8. He was 69.

Mr. Moggridge had a pathbreaking design career that included designing an early laptop computer for Grid Systems that traveled on the space shuttle. He is most well known for having conceived of interaction design, "a discipline that focuses on improving the human experience of digital products," the New York Times reported.

Mr. Moggridge's career included terms as a visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London, as a lecturer in design at the London Business School, and as a member of the steering committee for the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. He also served as director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

More recently, he was a consulting professor in the Joint Program in Design at Stanford University and spoke about interaction design in public remarks in January 2007 at Kepler's bookstore.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karin; their sons, Alex and Erik; and his brother, Hal.

Donald Scheuch, SRI engineer

This obituary is based on information provided by the family on the Almanac's Lasting Memories website:

Donald Scheuch, a 50-year resident of Portola Valley and an engineering recruit to SRI International who rose to the upper echelons of management, died surrounded by his family on Aug. 29. He was 93.

Mr. Scheuch, born in Seattle, received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University, relatives said. World War II took place between those degrees, during which time Mr. Scheuch worked as an engineer for the National Broadcasting Company in Hollywood, on radar systems countermeasures at Harvard University's Radio Research Laboratory, and in Southeast Asia and the Marianas Islands as a civilian technical observer for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

In 1949, Mr. Scheuch joined the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park and organized SRI's first systems analysis department, relatives said. While he was vice president of the Electronics and Radio Sciences Division, the division was recognized for its contributions to programs for national air defense and ballistic missile defense. His technical career at SRI included being appointed director of the engineering group and senior vice president of SRI engineering.

He later advanced to vice president and chairman of the Office of Research Operations, and then senior vice president of SRI International and membership on the board of directors.

In retirement, he served on the board at Continental Capital Corp., as a trustee for United Way of the Bay Area, and on the advisory council at Stanford's school of engineering.

"Don had a smile and graciousness that warmed every room, and a kindness that made him beloved by all who knew him," family members said. His interests apart from work included camping in the mountains, fishing, tennis, golf and pingpong. Beginning in his teens and throughout his life, he was a ham radio operator, the family said.

Mr. Scheuch is survived by his wife Polly; sons Steve of LaCross, Wisconsin, and Jeff of Menlo Park; daughter Judy of Santa Monica, and nine grandchildren. Services will be private.

The family is asking that donations on behalf of Mr. Scheuch be made to United Way of the Bay Area, 221 Main St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105.


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